Coco named as official charity of Sunderland 10k and half marathon

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IMPOVERISHED children thousands of miles away are set to benefit from this year’s festival of running on Wearside.

Comrades of Children Overseas (coco) has been named as the official charity of the Sunderland City 10k and Sunderland City Half Marathon races being organised this year by Events of the North.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 4,000 people are expected to take part in the Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Live-organised event.

Coco, set up by former world champion athlete Steve Cram works with communities in remote regions of the developing world to try to stop poverty harming children’s education.

The charity focuses on small, community led-initiatives that can make a big difference at a local level, and since its inception, it has raised more than £2.8million.

The organisation is currently working with project partners in Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana.

Washington-based software specialist KCS Datawright has signed up a team of eight runners from its staff to take part in the Sunderland City 10K run to fund-raise for the charity.

Ian Farrar, commercial director at the company, said: “As a locally-based charity with a reach extending far overseas, Coco ticks many boxes for us.

“Our team of runners is really looking forward to wearing the Coco vest on the streets of Sunderland on May 4 and raising some money for a great cause.”

To sign up for a place for either of the two races, go to